Empower Youth in the Performing Arts, Inc. Announces Cessation of Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps Operations

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The Empower Youth in the Performing Arts, Inc. (EYPA) Board of Directors is announcing the difficult decision to cease operations of Southwind Drum and Bugle Corps.

“We are very sad to shut down the corps,” said EYPA Board President Cathy Chandler. “But the continued rising costs of transportation and housing within the current tour model, which accounts for almost 65 percent of the corps’ budget each summer, have placed the corps in a position where we are no longer able to participate and maintain financial stability. As an organization that cares first and foremost about its students, we are unwilling to lead them into a fiscally irresponsible situation that could leave them hanging for the summer. Rather than risk their experience, we are making the tough choice to cease operations.”

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Posted by on Wednesday, October 11th, 2023. Filed under Current News, DCI Open.